Best Meatball Dishes In Washington DC

March 6, 2013 8:00 AM

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March 9 is National Meatball Day. Whether you prefer your meatballs on a bed of pasta or in between two slices of warm, soft bread celebrate this great Italian creation at one of these best places to enjoy a meatball dish in Washington DC today.

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-2782

Ranked as one of the DC’s area’s best Italian restaurants and known as one of Bill Clinton’s favorite dining jaunts, Filomena Ristorante serves plenty of homemade traditional Italian fare including lasagna, gnocchi and cannelloni. Not only is their pasta said to be amazingly delicious, the meatballs that come with it are huge. Order the ravioli alla matrimonia and enjoy tasty meatballs with cheese ravioli or try the la familia and get meatballs, Italian sausage and ribs plus fusilli pasta, both for $24.95. The kitschy decor may remind you more of your grandma’s house than a fine dining establishment however don’t let that stop you from stopping by. Filomena Ristorante also offers delicious cakes, biscotti and other desserts plus olive oils, pastas and Italian gifts via its bakery.

Mangialardo And Sons
1317 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6212When the clock strikes 12 p.m., forget waiting in line at one of those big-name sub shops and head to Mangialardo and Sons. From its homely storefront and pegboard menu to its counter-service serving style, Mangialardo and Sons provides the quintessential, no-BS Italian deli experience. The popular Capitol Hill deli provides a wide variety of Italian-style subs including its famous G Man sub, which comes with a huge portion of pepperoni, ham, salami and mortadella plus provolone and fontina cheeses. If you prefer simpler tastes, order the best meatball and cheese sub in the city for $6.50. Mangialardo and Sons also provides breakfast sandwiches and omelets plus catering services, perfect for the office. Cash only.

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1101 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 955-9001
www.barcodedc.comFrom its white marble walls and fine Brazilian furnishings to its sliding glass door panels and luxuriously large booths, Barcode is known as one of DC’s most happening and posh nightlife destinations. The popular full-service bar is also known for its amazing selection of fine foods, like its filet mignon tips and caramel cheesecake with raspberry sauce. If you’re looking for a smaller meal, order up the meatball sliders, which features delicious tomato sauce-marinated meatballs covered in melted mozzarella served with brioche buns for $9. Add a mixed salad or a side of fries to complete your meal. Barcode also serves other small plate items, pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and entree dishes plus fresh ground coffee as well as espressos, cappuccinos and hot tea.

425 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-7770
www.carminesnyc.comCarmine’s, a legendary Italian restaurant founded in New York City, has set up shop in downtown DC and offers city residents and guests a fabulous family-style Italian dining experience without breaking the bank. Popular with power lunching politicians and travel-weary tourists and everyone in between the restaurant features nine private dining rooms, framed old family photographs and other domestic decor and humungous portions of food. All portions of food on the menu are said to feed four to six people. Choose from a variety of appetizers, pastas, vegetables and desserts. Available meats include chicken marsala, veal cutlet, lobster fra diavolo and beef and veal meatballs with basil and Romano cheese served with your choice of pasta for $28.50.

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Vace Italian Delicatessen
3315 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 363-1999
www.vaceitaliandeli.comFrom the mozzarella and Italian truffle butter to the ready-to-bake lasagnas and ricotta salatas, everything in this popular Cleveland Park deli is made fresh daily. Vace also offers fresh baked pizzas, cold cut subs, hot sandwiches and homemade frozen entrees. Popular meatball dishes include the meatball parmigiano, which features homemade meatballs marinated in marinara and smothered with provolone cheese all served on a sub roll for $6.50. Vace Italian Delicatessen also offers a wide variety of specialty items including red and white wines, Italian desserts, pastas, sandwich condiments plus gluten-free food items.

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